Binding

Contact arthur@calverts.coop to discuss our Binding services.

Introduction

We offer a range of binding options that are completed in house or in collaboration with binding specialists offsite. The following are some examples of common binding styles.

Perfect binding

Many standard paperback books are finished use perfect binding. The leaves of the printed book are glued along the spine edge, this method can be applied to spine widths of 2mm upwards.  

Saddle stitching or Loop stitch

A stitch of thread or a wire staple passed through the fold of a magazine or booklet. These stitches are available in a variety of colours. Loop stitching means that the wire staple loops out from the spine so that the publication may be placed into a ring binder.

Side stitching

A wire stitch or sewn stitch is applied through all leaves along one edge that then becomes the spine. If wire stitched, the wires are often covered with a cloth.

Spiral and Wire-O Binding

Small holes are punched along the spine edge of all leaves. In spiral binding a coiled spiral is then threaded through the holes. In Wire-O binding, individual loops are insured through drilled or punched holes. Both instances allow the pages to fall flat when opened. 

Screw Bound

Holes are drilled either along the spine edge or in a single corner. The screw or stud is then inserted to hold the pages together to give a “swatch” effect. One of the few binding techniques which allows individual pages to be replaced or updated without reprinting an entire publication.

Leporello

A long concertina or accordian pleat fold, either done as one piece or several pieces glued together for extra length.

The name comes from manservant Leporello in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni when he unfolds a shockingly long list of his master’s conquests.

Postcard books

Individual postcards are printed and collated before being edge glued. Mull is then added to strengthen and tape wrapped around the spine edge before being trimmed to size.Our postcard books can be any size, although they’re usually produced at A6 size (105 x 148mm). Minimum number of cards is 16 and maximum 60 (including front and back cover cards).

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  • David Hockney 1960-1968: A Marriage of Styles

  • Dant on Drink

  • Crass Art and Other Pre Post Modernist Monsters 1961-1997

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